Super Smooth And Stable Buttercream Frosting With Shortening

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This delightful buttercream frosting is a dream come true for bakers who love the convenience of shortening but crave the rich taste of classic buttercream. Made with simple ingredients and a quick whipping process, it’s perfect for frosting cakes, cupcakes, or any sweet treat that needs a touch of creamy magic.


Hybrid Vege Shortening and Butter Buttercream Tutorial- Rosie’s Dessert Spot

1 cup unsalted butter, softened

  • 1 cup vegetable shortening
  • 3 – 4 cups powdered sugar
  • ΒΌ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 3-4 tablespoons milk (optional)

  • Instructions:

    1. Cream the Butter and Shortening: In a large mixing bowl, cream together the softened butter and shortening using an electric mixer on medium speed. Beat for about 3 minutes, or until light and fluffy.

    2. Sift and Add the Powdered Sugar: Gradually add the powdered sugar to the creamed butter mixture, one cup at a time, while mixing on low speed. This helps prevent a sugar cloud from forming. Once all the sugar is incorporated, increase the mixer speed to medium and beat for another 2-3 minutes until smooth and creamy.

    3. Flavor Boost: Add the salt and vanilla extract and beat again for another minute to combine.

    4. Adjust Consistency: If your buttercream feels too thick, add milk, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired spreading or piping consistency.

    5. Frost Away! Now you have a delightful batch of shortening-based buttercream ready to frost your favorite cakes, cupcakes, or pastries.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving):

    Calories: 450 (approx.)

  • Fat: 30g (approx.)
  • Saturated Fat: 15g (approx.)
  • Cholesterol: 30mg (approx.)
  • Sodium: 120mg (approx.)
  • Carbohydrates: 50g (approx.)
  • Sugar: 45g (approx.)
  • Protein: 2g (approx.)

  • Please note: This is a general estimate and the actual nutritional value may vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use.


    This shortening-based buttercream offers the perfect balance of convenience and flavor. It’s incredibly easy to make, requiring minimal ingredients and whipping up in just a few minutes. Plus, the taste rivals that of classic buttercream, making it a fantastic frosting choice for any occasion.


    1. Can I use butter instead of shortening?

    Yes, you can substitute the shortening with 1 cup of unsalted butter. However, keep in mind that the buttercream might not be as stable at room temperature, and it may have a slightly different texture.

    2. How can I store leftover buttercream?

    Store leftover buttercream in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. To use it again, simply allow it to soften slightly at room temperature and then rewhip it until smooth and creamy.

    3. My buttercream is too runny, what can I do?

    If your buttercream is too runny, try adding more powdered sugar, one tablespoon at a time, until it reaches your desired consistency.

    4. Can I add color to this buttercream?

    Absolutely! To add color, simply mix in a few drops of gel food coloring with the buttercream during the final mixing stage.

    5. What are some flavor variations I can try?

    This recipe serves as a fantastic base for flavor exploration! Here are some ideas:

    Chocolate: Add 3 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder with the powdered sugar.

  • Coffee: Mix in 1-2 teaspoons of instant coffee granules with the vanilla extract.
  • Peanut Butter: Fold in 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter for a decadent twist.